“Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!”” Mark 9:23-24
The whole Christian life is about that everything is by grace, from beginning to end, and that grace is received by faith. That is how you were saved, by putting your faith in Jesus as your Savior. In that very moment, you received the wonderful grace of God.
God sees and knows everything, yet He wants us to communicate with Him. He loves to hear our voice and that we come to Him. We do not have to try to hold up a facade before God. The father in the verses above had a son who was tormented by an unclean spirit. The disciples had not succeeded in freeing the boy and the father was now probably even more desperate.
Jesus emphasized the importance of believing. We believe in Jesus, in God and in the word of God. We live by faith and receive God’s love every day. The father, whose son needed a miracle, was honest. After Jesus had been speaking of the importance of faith, the father exclaimed, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief! ”. The boy was liberated and the miracle was a fact.
Faith pleases God and many times it is about a decision. One can decide to put one’s faith in Jesus. If you are a believer, you have faith. Do not focus on what you do not have at the moment, but on what you have. You can start by saying to Jesus, “Lord, I believe.” Even if faith is small, it has enormous potential. Not in itself, but in what it is attached to. When you attach your little or big faith to God and His promises, you already have what you believe God for. It’s just a matter of time before it becomes visible.
Then, if we are honest, we can all take part of even greater faith in our lives. Therefore, we can also say to Jesus, “Help my unbelief.” Jesus wants to help us take new steps in faith. Maybe He’s calling you to go into new areas today or to start a project with Him. Maybe you have been struggling with this issue for a long time, whether you should or not.
Confess your faith today and hold on to it. And at the same time tell Jesus to help you with your unbelief. Then He will do it and you can then take new steps together with Jesus and more people around you can take part of what God has put into your life.
God bless you.
/ David Billström